Page 3203 - Week 10 - Thursday, 17 September 2015

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Ms Lawder: The question was not so much about the Northbourne housing tenants on the out-of-turn transfer list but the existing people on the waiting list. Would you like us to repeat the question?

MADAM SPEAKER: The question was whether the housing directorate was communicating with the people on the waiting list about the Northbourne Avenue redevelopment and, if they were, how. I ask the minister to be directly relevant to the question.

MS BERRY: I think it is important when answering these questions to respond to the whole question. The question did refer to the renewal program, and it needed to be explained again that the renewal program is to renew Housing ACT’s ageing stock for those Housing ACT tenants.

Mr Doszpot: A point of order.

MADAM SPEAKER: A point of order. Stop the clock.

Mr Doszpot: Madam Speaker, there was no mention in the second supplementary about the renewal program.

MADAM SPEAKER: I am not going to take that as a point of order. It is quite clear that when you are talking about tenants in Northbourne Avenue, you are talking about the renewal program. Minister Berry.

MS BERRY: With regard to tenants in the ACT who have applied for housing, those applications are assessed and those people are provided with housing based on their need.

Transport—ride-share services

MR WALL: My question is to the Minister Assisting the Chief Minister on Transport Reform. Minister, why has the government taken so long to announce its position on ride-sharing services? Further to this, should ride-share services and taxis operate under the same rules and regulations?

MR RATTENBURY: Actually, the government has been very swift on this process. Just this year we undertook a taxi review on a very short time frame. We moved very quickly. In fact, the ACT government has been the most proactive government in Australia when it comes to dealing with the issue of ride sharing arriving in this country. Every other government in this country has just sat back and tried to put in place fines; they have not come up with any sort of regulatory regime.

The ACT government has been very proactive here and, as I have indicated publicly, as has the Chief Minister, our intention is to level the playing field between any prospective ride-share company that may seek to operate in the ACT and the taxi industry. We intend to do that in two ways. One is to remove some regulation and some cost for the taxi industry and the other is to put in place suitable regulation for

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